The Neerja-Effect: 5 Must-Watch Films on Real-Life Incidents

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If you haven’t watched Neerja yet, we say drop everything and get to it already! And while you’re at it, here are 5 Bollywood masterpieces based on real-life incidents that you must watch (more than once!):


This Akshay Kumar starrer makes us so proud of being Indian!

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Ranjit Katyal, 1,70,000 Indians stuck in Kuwait and the biggest evacuation operation ever *khushi aur garv ke aansoo*.

No One Killed Jessica

A hard-hitting tearjerker based on the murder of 34-year-old model, Jessica Lal, and the events that followed.

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Watch for power-packed performances by Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji.

Special 26

Yup, based on something that actually happened back in 1987 (officially known as the TBZ Opera House robbery).

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While we do feel bad for those who got ripped-off, it is quite amusing to watch the events unfold. The actual crime remains unsolved, just as in the film.


One of Bollywood’s most sensitive and though-provoking films in recent times, Aligarh is based on the life of linguist and author, Dr. Ramchandra Siras.

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Aligarh is all set to release on February 26!


Yet another film that appeals to the Hindustani in us and makes us super proud.

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This JP Dutta multi-starrer is based on the 1971 Indo-Pak war, specifically the Battle of Longewala. Sunny Deol’s dialogues are awesome!

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